Marcel Keller

Department of Archaeogenetics

Main Focus

As a PhD student in the Department of Archaeogenetics, Marcel Keller is focusing on the first and second historically documented pandemics caused by Yersinia pestis: the ‘Justinianic Plague’ at the transition from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages (541-750) and the Late Medieval ‘Black Death’ (1347-1353) followed by reoccurring epidemics in Europe until the 18th century. With genomic and phylogenetic approaches on ancient DNA from skeletal remains, he explores the biology and dispersal in space and time of this exemplary human pathogen.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 12/2014 to present: PhD student, MPI for the Scienc of Human History, Dept. Archaeogenetics
  • 10/2011 - 9/2013: M.Sc. in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • 10/2008 - 9/2011: B.Sc. in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich


M. Keller, B. Regner-Kamlah, A. Rott, N. Hoke, J. Wahl (2017): “Gräber und Menschenknochen im Michelsberger Erdwerk von Bruchsal ‘Aue’: Archäologie – Anthropologie – Paläogenetik – Archäometrie”. Fundberichte aus Baden-Württemberg 36 (in press)

M. Feldman, M. Harbeck, M. Keller, M. A. Spyrou, A. Rott, B. Trautmann, H. C. Scholz, B. Päffgen, J. Peters, M. McCormick, K. Bos, A. Herbig, J. Krause (2016): “A high-coverage Yersinia pestis Genome from a 6th-century Justinianic Plague Victim”. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33(11): 2911-2923

M. Keller, A. Rott, N. Hoke, H. Schwarzberg, B. Regner-Kamlah, M. Harbeck, J. Wahl (2015): “United in death – related by blood? Genetic and archeometric analyses of skeletal remains from the Neolithic earthwork Bruchsal-Aue”. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 157(3):458-471

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